PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - The murder trial for a suspect accused of killing a Brusly High School football player started Tuesday.
Marcus Richardson is facing second-degree murder for allegedly killing Justin Warner. The incident occurred on Mother's Day 2012 at the LA 1 Truck Plaza in Port Allen.
A 12-person jury was seated and heard the opening arguments from both the defense and prosecution. Judge Robin Free is presiding over the trial.
Tony Clayton is the prosecutor and Tommy Damico is Richardson's defense attorney.
According to authorities, Warner was sitting in the back seat of a car when his friends had an argument with Richardson at the gas station. He was in the process of moving to the back of the car when someone pulled out a gun and he was shot.
The prosecution argued that Richardson was the aggressor. Clayton explained that Richardson was acting belligerent towards a group of kids,
which escalated into a fight. That's when Richardson started shooting Warner several times.
Defense Attorney Damico stated that his client did have a gun, but acted out of self-defense. He explained his client felt threatened.
If convicted of second-degree murder, Richardson faces life in prison. The trial resumes at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
Warner's family said on the day he was killed, he put flowers on his mother's grave and visited his grandmother before meeting up with his friends that night.